Tue 21-09-2021 09:34 AM
ABU DHABI, 21st September, 2021 (WAM) -- Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Official Spokesperson of the UAE Health Sector, has stated that the UAE's successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic is the product of the UAE leadership's vision and the proactive efforts made by teams across all vital sectors.
During the government media briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, she said, "This is can be seen in the health sector, which has proven the readiness and strength of its infrastructure and highly qualified cadres, as they enabled it to address all types of emergencies and crises and helped position the UAE as a global leader in dealing with the pandemic."
Dr. Al Hosani noted that, according to the Our World in Data website, the UAE ranked third globally in the number of daily COVID-19 tests per 1,000 persons and fifth ranked in the moving-average case fatality rate from the start of the pandemic to 12th September, 2021.
Moreover, the UAE came in second in the number of fully vaccinated people per 100 persons in the rankings published by the same source, and ranked first in terms of the share of people who received at least one dose dose.
"The rate of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the UAE stands at 81.55 percent, and while the rate of those who received at least one dose reached 92.34 percent, which is the highest globally," she affirmed.
"The significant efforts, intensive monitoring and expanding the scope of testing nationwide have largely contributed to a decline in infections. Moreover, the provision of several types of COVID-19 vaccines and community awareness of the importance of vaccination helped reduce infections and accelerate the UAE's recovery," Dr. Al Hosani further said.
"We can see the fruits of these efforts in the statistics, which show a significant decline in infections by 60 percent as compared to last August, achieving the lowest infection rate in the past year," she further added.
Dr. Al Hosani warned about the seasonal influenza, whose symptoms are very similar to COVID-19, and encouraged community members to take the seasonal influenza vaccine, especially the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and children aged under five.
The UAE would not have succeeded without the community’s cooperation, which helped achieve our objectives and speed up our return to normalcy, she explained, affirming that the decline in infections is mainly due to the positive role of community members and their adherence to the preventive measures.
"In the coming period, the role of the community will be equally important to the roles of concerned authorities in addressing the pandemic. Our adherence to the precautionary measures will reflect our keenness to protect ourselves and our loved ones," she explained.
"We urge everyone to get tested regularly and adhere to the precautionary measures, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing," Dr. Al Hosani continued.
All indicators show our progress in returning to normalcy and ensuring business continuity, while also following the precautionary measures, she said in conclusion.